(Closed) Who do you invite to your rehersal dinner?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Are all of your family members IN the wedding – or participating in some way?

I ask because we only invited people who were IN our wedding to the rehearsal (and their spouses/dates) – otherwise it would have been a huge event.  We really wanted it to be intimate.

Here’s an idea, since your family is so big, your family must be used to pitching in to help eachother with events like this.  Could you ask your sibs to contribute something and do a potluck style dinner?  That way everyone could come and it wouldn’t be so costly. 

Post # 4
2859 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

We’re having a small wedding party so it’s not that many people. Maybe 20 or so.

The boy’s three brothers (his groomsmen) and their wives

My mom

My sister and her boyfriend

The boy’s parents

The boy’s two grandmothers and his great aunt (only because they’re traveling from a distance to be there)

My two other bridesmaids (neither one is in a serious relationship so no dates will be invited.

Our officiant (who is our close friend) and his fiance

And us.

That’s 20.


Post # 6
155 posts
Blushing bee

I hate to say it, but I think it is rude not to invite the husband/wife of wedding party members to the rehearsal dinner. I realize this bumps up your numbers, but if you were in the wedding party and married and your spouse wasn’t invited you’d probably feel hurt. Also if the bridal party members don’t really know your family, they will be much more comfortable with their spouses present. I know you don’t know the spouses or feel a personal connection to them, but it would be a common courtesy to invite them to the dinner.

Post # 8
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We’re inviting about 125-150 people to the wedding, and for about 80% of them, the wedding is out of town. I know traditionally when it comes to the rehearsal dinner you’re supposed to invite family and out of town guests. In my case, we’re only going to have our immediate family, grandparents, bridal party, and coordinator. That alone gives us 30 people.

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